Peter Wade-Martins’ account of his life in archaeology is as rich as any of the sites with which he has been involved. Beginning at a time when there was scant legal protection for Britain’s heritage, and ending with the realities of developer-led archaeology and a post-Brexit future, Wade-Martins’ story is also the story of archaeological practice in the modern era.
A recently opened museum at London’s Charterhouse illuminates centuries of life at this former medieval monastery. Lucia Marchini explores some of the highlights.
Celebrating the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Oxfordshire since the Scheme’s inception, Anni Byard has chosen 50 objects from over 30,000 recorded over the last 13 years.
Review – First Stop North of Londinium: the archaeology of Roman Enfield and its roadline settlement
Excavations in the modern borough since 1966 by the Enfield Archaeological Society have revealed traces of a roadside settlement that might have been the first stopping point for travellers heading north from Londinium along Ermine Street.
Review – Fishing and Managing the Trent in the Medieval Period (7th-14th Century): excavations at Hemington Quarry (1998- 2000), Castle Donington, UK
Apart from the extraordinary finds, the book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the inland fishing industry, and its place in the medieval economy. Given that fish bones are so rarely recovered, this is especially important.
Nick Holder’s important study of the London friaries gives the reader a veritable guided tour of the nine houses in the city: the three sites of the Black Friars as well as the Grey, White, Austin, Crutched, Sack, and Pied Friars.
The two great medieval histories of the British people, those by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Nennius, have long been dismissed as fantasy. But among such tales as the arrival of the Trojan Brutus, the slaying of the giant Gogmagog, and the 12 battles of Arthur, the last of the British kings, might there be elements of truth?
Julian Richards makes no apology ‘for adding one more item to the extensive literature of Stonehenge’ as he offers the revision of his 2007 book to be this year’s Stonehenge autumn annual.
For thousands of years, people have had a keen interest in magic, whether that concerns fantastical creatures, healing charms, or the ability to fly. Bringing together a wealth of documents and artefacts, the British Library’s new exhibition, Harry Potter: a history of magic, sets out to show the substance behind the stories and reveal some of the research that went into the books.
For centuries Scotland’s finely crafted silver brooches, neck chains, vessels, and more were made from a supply of recycled Roman hacksilver. Lucia Marchini learns more about the medieval afterlife of this metal at the National Museum of Scotland’s new exhibition. When a spectacular array of cut-up silver artefacts was discovered at Traprain Law, East Lothian, […]